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Metropolitan Community Churches

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Tearing Down Walls.  Building Up Hope.

MCC Structure Review Team Process Update

 

ATTENTION MCC CLERGY AND LAY DELEGATES! 

 

We are progressing towards a draft proposal and implementation plan for a revised MCC structure, and have decided to take one extra step and have an outside consultant work with the BOE, BOA and SRT on the final draft of the proposal.  We have engaged someone from the Alban Institute to work through this process with us on this matter.

 

However, this will delay our publication of the proposal by one month.  It is our plan to release the proposal on or before 28 February, for comment, for lay delegates and clergy to share with congregations. We will be receiving input right up to the conference. There will be a forum on the proposal the first day, (Monday) of General Conference, and formal time on the agenda of the business meeting for discussion and a final vote on Tuesday.

 

When we publish the proposal, there will be background documents made available on our website, and a place for anyone to place comments.

 

Thank you for your continued patience and prayers. Please know that we are working  to provide this information to you in a timely manner, and we also want to take the time to honor the efforts of the Structure Review Team, and do it right.

 
Grace and Peace,
 
+ Nancy
 
Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson
Moderator, Metropolitan Community Churches

General Conference 2010! 
Imagine! 

 We now have over 600 registrants and a quorum in both houses!

 


A full menu of Workshops and Plenaries, OFLD offerings, Dr. Diana Butler Bass and Richard Bass, Brian McLaren doing a virtual plenary …             

 

Young Adult Worship Service!

 
Baptism on the Beach!
 

Bible Study Tuesday through Friday!

 

Global Justice Day on Thursday, with speakers and challenging workshops with MCCers and partners from around the world!

 

The Be A Gem campaign underway.  Click here to find how YOU can Be a Gem!

 

Airfare deals are happening – take advantage of the deals that are popping up each day.

 
Got Imagination? 
 
Click here to check out the latest issue of imagination – The Offical Newsletter of General Conference 2010
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

MCC’s Leadership Mentoring Retreat 

  

Our faculty for this event includes:   Rev. Elder Nancy WilsonChurch of the Trinity MCC, Sarasota, FL, Rev. Elder  Don EastmanSunshine Cathedral MCC, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Rev. Robert GriffinSunshine Cathedral MCC, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Rev. Tania GuzmanICM Dominican Republic and Mr. Stan KimerSt. John’s MCC, Raleigh, NC.

 
 

This is the first one ever and is being held next week, at the DaySpring Retreat Center in Florida.

 

 
 

There were 17 participants selected out of 62 applicants, please pray for this exciting gathering!

MCC LEADERSHIP MENTORING RETREAT ATTENDEES

 

Kharma Amos – MCC of Northern Virginia, Fairfax, VA

Kathy Beasley – Joy MCC, Orlando, FL

Belva Boon – St. John’s MCC, Raleigh, NC

Woody Camacho – MCC San Jose, San Jose, CA

Edgard Danielson-Morales – MCC New York, New York, NY

DeWayne Davis – MCC Washington, Washington, DC

Kevin Downer – achurch4all, MCC, Chicago, IL

Sharon Ferguson – MCC North London, London, UK

Jochen Gewecke – Salz der Erde MCC, Stuttgart, Germany

Lisa Heilig – Church of the Trinity MCC, Sarasota, FL

Brianna Johnston – MCC Hartford, Hartford, CT

Kevin Marik – MCC Omaha, Omaha, NE

Nancy Maxwell – MCC of Topeka, Topeka, KS

Wesley Mullins – Pike’s Peak MCC, Colorado Springs, CO

Kareem Murphy – MCC Washington, Washington, DC

Sara Sills – Cornerstone MCC, Mobile, AL

Neil Thomas – MCC Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

MCC Leaders In Motion 

  

Prayer Request – Rev. Elder Diane Fisher and Rev. Pat Bumgardner are in Africa, meeting with our churches, pastors and human rights activists.

 

 – Rev. Diane and Rev. Pat will be meeting with MCC leadership in Africa, to begin developing a long range strategy for MCC’s mission and growth that is sustainable, realistic, and utilizes the strengths and gifts of MCC in Africa.

 

– Begin exploring ways to connect with churches, leaders, conduct an ordination, offer training and encouragement.

 

 – Meet with LGBT partners and human rights organization, to create a plan with Global Justice and The Region to provide resources to local churches and emerging ministries as they engage the enormous human rights challenges of our community in Africa.

REVM 2010 began this week with 15 participants, in Marble Falls, Texas.  Please hold those studying for MCC ordination in your hearts and prayers.

 

 

 What’s the Word?

 

 Click here to check out the latest sermons from the MCC Moderator.    

 
General Conference Updates
 
Click here to get the latest updates on MCC General Conference 2010 

From the Desk of the MCC Vice Moderator, Rev. Elder Darlene Garner

 

 Rev. Elder Darlene Garner 

 

O God, our help in ages past; Haiti’s hope for years to come!

 

Nine days ago, an earthquake tore down the walls of Haiti. People of goodwill around the world, including the congregations of Metropolitan Community Churches, have responded with generosity to the growing needs. Yet the reality is that even more is asked of us to build up hope for our Haitian brothers and sisters.

 

We must pray more fervently for those who are grieving the loss of loved ones and for full recovery of their crumbled lives. But let us not stop there. We also must put action to our prayers. Donate more generously so that disaster relief can be immediately provided. Advocate more strongly for the U.S. and other governments to do all that they can to send support to Haiti and to receive Haitian survivors. Our prayers, donations, and advocacy can make all of the difference for the people of Haiti.

 

As you know, MCC and The Fellowship have been collaborating around projects like these over the last few years. This week, Bishop Flunder let us know what the United Church of Christ is doing, in conjunction with Church World Service to help Haiti. These resources may helpful for MCC churches to participate in an uncover even more ways to be that very present help in Haiti’s time of need.  If you have already donated to this effort, know that we that thank you for your generosity.  If you have not yet had an opportunity to give, let today be the day that you choose to become a difference maker as we work together to help meet the growing need.

 

Now is the time for us to stand together, pray together and hold up the light of hope!

 

Peace and Possibilities,

 

+ Darlene

 

Rev. Elder Darlene Garner

Vice Moderator, Metropolitan Community Churches

 Thanks to YOUR generosity, MCC has received over $15,000 (USD) in donations. 

 

Thank YOU! 

  
Here are just a few ways that the people of Haiti can still use your help…

  

PRAY 

God is surely grieving and weeping with all those who have lost loved ones.  As the body of Christ we are called to reach out with help and prayers.  Click here to find worship resources that have been posted to the UCC website.  Great ideas if you are considering creating your own worship resource! Click here to pray with us.

 

DONATE Generosity at levels is what can make the greatest impact. So please encourage your friends, family members of your local congregations and communities to be very generous in responding to this effort.  The advantage of giving through  Metropolitan Community Churches is that there are no service fees and every dollar you donate will go directly to improve the lives of our people in and around Haiti.  Click here to become an MCC difference maker.

 
 
ASSEMBLE KITS Hygiene and Baby Kits are urgently needed to help the survivors in Haiti. This is one very concrete and “hands-on” thing that church groups can do.  Church World Service has issued an urgent call for Gift of the Heart Kits.  Click here to learn more!

 
ADVOCATE

We are joining our ecumenical partners and asking that we continue to raise this issue with our US government officials for “temporary protected status” for undocumented Haitians now in the United States since it would place severe burdens on them and the government of Haiti to send them back to Haiti at this point. We are heartened that President Obama has ordered that this be done, but many are trying to undo this action so we need to continue to be vigilant around this issue.  Click here to find out how to add your voice to the conversation.

 

VOLUNTEER for anyone who has the opportunity to “go and help”, with on-going rehabilitation work very similar to the efforts that we have seen in New Orleans/the Gulf Coast, Florida, Iowa, etc.  There may be time in the near future that a call will be issued to mobilize on the ground in Haiti and begin to restore life, spirits and dreams of the people of Haiti.  So, for now look for those opportunities within your local communities to gather together around particular efforts that will help.

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